Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel

By Claire Vaye Watkins

Named a most sensible ebook of the yr by The Washington publish, NPR,  Vanity reasonable, l. a. occasions, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington publish, The Atlantic, Refinery 29, Men's magazine, Ploughshares, Lit Hub, e-book insurrection, la journal, Powells, BookPage and Kirkus Reviews 

The much-anticipated first novel from a narrative Prize-winning “5 below 35” fiction writer.
In 2012, Claire Vaye Watkins’s tale assortment, Battleborn, swept approximately each award for brief fiction. Now this younger author, extensively heralded as a once-in-a-generation expertise, returns with a primary novel that harnesses the sweeping imaginative and prescient and deep center that made her debut so arresting to a love tale set in a devastatingly imagined close to future:

Unrelenting drought has transfigured Southern California right into a surreal, phantasmagoric panorama. With the imperative Valley barren, underground aquifer tired, and Sierra snowpack solely depleted, so much “Mojavs,” avoided by means of either armed vigilantes and an detached paperwork from freely crossing borders to lusher areas, have allowed themselves to be evacuated to internment camps. In l. a.’ Laurel Canyon, younger Mojavs—Luz, as soon as a poster baby for the Bureau of Conservation and its enemies, and Ray, a veteran of the “forever struggle” became surfer—squat in a starlet’s deserted mansion. Holdouts, they subsist on rationed cola and no matter what they could loot, scavenge, and improvise.

The couple’s fragile love one way or the other blooms during this arid position, and for the instant, it kind of feels adequate. but if they pass paths with a mysterious baby, the thirst for a greater destiny starts. They head east, a course strewn with threat: sinkholes and patrolling experts, bandits and the brutal, omnipresent solar. Ghosting after them are rumors of a visionary dowser—a diviner for water—and his fans, who whispers say have shaped a colony on the fringe of a mysterious sea of dunes.

Immensely relocating, profoundly disquieting, and mind-blowingly unique, Watkins’s novel explores the myths we think approximately others and inform approximately ourselves, the double-edged strength of our so much loved relationships, and the form of wish in a precarious destiny that could be our own.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Rhetoric and Reality in Early Christianities (Studies in Christianity and Judaism)

probably the most urgent matters for students of faith issues the position of persuasion in early Christianities and different religions in Greco-Roman antiquity. The essays in Rhetoric and fact in Early Christianities discover questions on persuasion and its courting to early Christianities. The participants theorize approximately persuasion because the influence of verbal performances, corresponding to argumentation in keeping with ideas of rhetoric, or because of different varieties of functionality: ritual, behavioural, or imagistic. They speak about the connection among the verbal functionality of rhetoric and different performative modes in producing, maintaining, and transmitting a persuasive type of religiosity.

The essays during this booklet conceal a large chronological diversity (from the 1st century to past due antiquity) and various topical examples give a contribution to the collection’s thematic centre: the family members between formalized and technical verbal performances (rhetoric, texts) and other kinds of persuasive performances (ritual, practices), the social agendas that early Christians pursued via verbal, rhetorical performances, and the bigger social context during which Christians and different spiritual teams competitively jockeyed to draw the minds and our bodies of audiences within the Greco-Roman global.

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The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs

By S. T. Joshi, Ambrose Bierce

A veteran of a few of the bloodiest battles of the Civil conflict, Ambrose Bierce went directly to turn into one of many darkest and so much loss of life haunted of American writers, the blackest of black humorists. This quantity gathers the main celebrated and demanding of Bierce's writings. In the Midst of existence (Tales of squaddies and Civilians), his number of brief fiction in regards to the Civil conflict, such as the masterpieces "An prevalence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "Chickamauga," is suffused with a fiercely ironic experience of the horror and randomness of warfare. Can Such issues Be? brings jointly "The loss of life of Halpin Frayser," "The Damned Thing," "The Moonlit Road," and different stories of terror that make Bierce the genre's most important American practitioner among Poe and Lovecraft. The Devil's Dictionary, the intense lexicon of subversively cynical definitions on which Bierce labored for many years, screens to the whole his corrosive wit. In Bits of Autobiography, the sequence of memoirs that incorporates the memorable "What I observed of Shiloh," he recreates his studies within the struggle and its aftermath. the quantity is rounded out with a variety of his most sensible uncollected tales. Acclaimed Bierce student S. T. Joshi presents precise notes and a newly researched chronology of Bierce's lifestyles and mysterious disappearance.

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Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Religious Grounds, Revised Edition (2006)

By Margaret Bald

Censorship of non secular and philosophical hypothesis is as outdated as heritage and as present as latest headlines. some of the world's significant non secular texts, together with the Bible, the Talmud, the Koran, and others, were suppressed, condemned, or proscribed at your time. Works of secular literature touching upon spiritual trust or reflecting dissenting perspectives have additionally been suppressed. "Literature Suppressed on spiritual Grounds, Revised variation" profiles the censorship of many such crucial works of civilization. The 14 entries new to this version contain broad insurance of the "Harry Potter" sequence, which has been usually banned within the usa considering the fact that it promotes witchcraft, in addition to entries on well known textbook sequence, "The Witches" through Roald Dahl, "Women with no males: a singular of contemporary Iran", and extra. additionally integrated are updates to such entries as "The Satanic Verses" by way of Salman Rushdie and "On the starting place of Species" by way of Charles Darwin. New and up to date entries contain: "The development of studying" (Francis Bacon); "The Age of cause" (Thomas Paine); "The Analects" (Confucius); The Bible; "The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution" (Roger Williams); "The publication of universal Prayer" (Thomas Cranmer); "Children of the Alley" (Naguib Mahfouz); "The Critique of natural cause" (Immanuel Kant); "Dialogue about the leader international platforms" (Galileo Galilei); "Discourse on technique" (Rene Descartes); "Don Quixote" (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra); "The Harry Potter" sequence (J. ok. Rowling); The Koran; "The final Temptation of Christ" (Nikos Kazantzakis); "On the beginning of Species" (Charles Darwin); "Popol Vuh"; "The pink and the Black" (Stendhal); "The Satanic Verses" (Salman Rushdie); "Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India" (James W. Laine); "The Talmud"; "Voyages to the Moon and the solar" (Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac); and, "Zhuan Falun: the entire Teachings of Falun Gong" (Li Hongzhi).

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Tales of Protection

By Erik Fosnes Hansen

Four captivating stories approximately probability, by way of the writer of Psalm at Journey's End

Tales of Protection is a unique approximately humans elsewhere in numerous epochs -- modern Norway, nineteenth-century Sweden, and Renaissance Italy -- whose tales are sure jointly by way of the author's unique and looking out inquiry into why issues ensue the way in which they do.

As the booklet opens, a lifeless guy lies in his coffin reflecting at the earlier. Bolt used to be an eccentric scientist who dedicated his previous age to an unlimited examine project -- accumulating random incidents from the background of the species and discovering the underlying development that connects them. this type of hindsight, in spite of everything, has to be a type of heaven -- or a type of hell.

His reveries lead him to inform different stories -- the story of a doomed lighthouse keeper on a Swedish island and the story of contention between Renaissance artists -- and at last to inform a startling story from his personal early manhood. all the stories, in his exquisitely suspenseful narration, exhibit his idea of "seriality," that's the other of causality.

Erik Fosnes Hansen's Psalm at Journey's finish was acclaimed as some of the most unique works but concerning the sinking of the immense. In Norway, Tales of Protection has been known as a "Blixenesque" masterpiece; it's a significant new paintings of worldwide literature, and an exceptional breakthrough for this talented younger writer.

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Christmas at the Beach (Novella) (Ten Beach Road Novella)

By Wendy Wax

A TEN seashore highway NOVELLA

Wendy Wax entranced audiences with Ten seashore Road and Ocean Beach. Now, the women of Bella plant life are again in an all-new vacation novella.

while Madeline Singer, Avery Lawford, and Nicole furnish first received possession of Ten seashore highway, they didn’t discover that transforming the home wouldn't simply bind their fates jointly yet provide them a moment probability at rebuilding their lives.

Now they’re collecting on the newly bought Bella plant life for one final Christmas. Kyra, Madeline’s daughter, is hoping to get a quick respite from the paparazzi that continually hounds her and the son she had with well-known actor Daniel Deranian. but if a string of undesirable information threatens to disrupt her chuffed vacations, Bella Flora’s sanctuary will be threatened for the entire girls who name it home…

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The Cows (Quarternote Chapbook Series)

By Lydia Davis

"You learn Lydia Davis to monitor a author patiently divide the gap among epiphany and genuine humans by way of first halves, then quarters, then eighths, after which sixteenths, into infinity," says The Village Voice. certainly, Lydia Davis is mathematician, thinker, sculptor, jeweler, and student of the minute. Few writers map the method of proposal in addition to she, few perceive with such charged intelligence.

The Cows is an in depth learn of the 3 much-loved cows that stay around the street from her. The piece, written with understated humor and empathy, is a sequence of targeted observations of the cows on varied days and in several positions, moods, and instances of the day. it can be in comparison to a few sections of Wallace Stevens' "Thirteen methods of taking a look at a Blackbird" or to Claude Monet's work of Rouen Cathedral.

Forms of play: head butting; mounting, both on the again or on the entrance; trotting away on your own; trotting jointly; going off bucking and prancing on your own; resting your head and chest at the flooring until eventually they become aware of and trot towards you; circling one another; taking the placement for head-butting after which no longer doing it.

She moos towards the wooded hills in the back of her, and the sound comes again. She moos in a excessive falsetto ahead of the be aware descends without notice, or she moos in a falsetto that doesn't descend. it's a very small sound to come back from this kind of huge, darkish animal.

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Maya's Notebook: A Novel (P.S.)

By Isabel Allende

Maya’s Notebook is a startling novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling writer Isabel Allende.
This modern coming-of-age tale facilities upon Maya Vidal, a outstanding youngster deserted by way of her mom and dad. Maya grew up in a rambling previous apartment in Berkeley together with her grandmother Nini, whose ambitious energy helped her construct a brand new lifestyles after emigrating from Chile in 1973 with a tender son, and her grandfather Popo, a steady African-American astronomer.
When Popo dies, Maya is going off the rails. besides a circle of girlfriends often called "the vampires," she turns to medications, alcohol, and petty crime--a downward spiral that finally results in Las Vegas and a deadly underworld, with Maya stuck among warring forces: a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol.
Her one likelihood for survival is Nini, who is helping her break out to a distant island off the coast of Chile. within the care of her grandmother’s previous good friend, Manuel Arias, and surrounded through unusual new buddies, Maya starts off to list her tale in her computing device, as she attempts to make feel of her prior and resolve the mysteries of her kin and her personal life.

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